Portland, OR (Sports Network) - Portland Trail Blazers center
Fabricio Oberto has announced his retirement from basketball due to recurrent
palpitations stemming from a prior cardiac condition.
Oberto had just signed with Portland on October 25.
The 35-year-old native of Argentina experienced lightheadedness and dizziness
in the first half of the Blazers game against Milwaukee on Tuesday, which
prompted the choice to end his career.
"I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,"
Oberto said. "It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years,
but it was the right one."
After beginning his NBA career with a four-year stint in San Antonio, Oberto
played with the Washington Wizards last season, averaging 1.5 points and 1.8
rebounds over 57 games.
A member of Argentina's gold-medal winning squad at the 2004 Athens Olympic
Games, Oberto has posted 3.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game in 331 contests.
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